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This the patronymic form (meaning 'son of') of the Medieval personal name 'Rawlin', from the Old French 'Raulin', itself a double diminutive of 'Raw', a variant of 'Ralph'. This last was first introduced into England by Scandinavian settlers as 'Rathulfr' in Old Norse, and became 'Raedwulf' in Anglo-Saxon. The name means 'counsel-wolf', from the Germanic elements 'rad', counsel, advice, plus 'wolf', wolf. Before the Norman Conquest it had become 'Radulf', a name borne by three recorded landowners in England during the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042 - 1066), and the Normans spread the name further in such forms as 'Rauf' and 'Raffe'.

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